Want to make a movie? It's easy with Movavi Video Editor

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How to Make a Home Movie in 5 Easy Steps

This tutorial refers to Movavi Video Editor for Windows.
If you use Mac, please check out the instructions for Mac users.

Do you have a load of video clips captured on your mobile device or camcorder? We can help you turn them into a spectacular movie in just five simple steps! Get Movavi Video Editor and take advantage of the best video editing tools developed for making beautiful films from basic videos and photos!

Here are the five steps to make your own movie:

Step 1: Install Movavi Video Editor

Install Movavi Video Editor on your computer. Just download the program installation file, then run it and follow the installation wizard.

Step 2: Add Media Files

Launch our movie making software and add the video and audio files you want to use in your film by clicking the Add Media File option. Movavi software supports most popular video formats like AVI, MP4, and others. With our Video Editor, you can also add and edit 3D videos just by clicking the Add 3D option.

To make an inviting opening for your movie, add an animated clip or motion background from our stock video footage collection (hit the Get More Content button, or simply follow the link).

Step 3: Select the Editing Mode

There are two editing modes in our movie maker: Storyboard and Timeline. The Storyboard mode is suitable for splitting or joining clips and adding effects, filters or transitions. The Timeline mode offers more advanced options like adding separate audio, video and titles tracks to your movie. Let's start with Storyboard: click its icon above the working area as it is shown on the picture. Now drag your video files to the panel at the bottom of the program window. Sort them into the order you want them to appear in your movie.

Step 4: Add Transitions, Music and Titles

Click the Fades button. Choose the transitions you like and drag and drop them to the storyboard between your video clips. For more information, refer to the article about adding transitions to video clip.

To add music to the video, drag and drop the audio files to the working area below. The program will switch to the Timeline mode. To make sound fade in and out, click the file on the Timeline with the right mouse button and choose the Fade in/out option, then select the speed and volume of the sound.

Click the Title button, select the title type you like, and drag the icon to the Titles track. You can stretch them over the whole track to have the titles appear during the whole movie, or just over a part of it. Type in the text and customize the font, size, colorm and other parameters by clicking the Settings option. Learn more about adding titles to a video.

Step 5: Export Your Movie

To prepare the movie for your audience, click the Save Movie button and choose your preferred distribution method: save as video file, burn to DVD, or even upload to YouTube.

That’s all there is to it! In five simple steps, you’ve learned how to make your own movies using our amazing Movavi Video Editor. Just use video from video clips you have shot, add your favorite music, and enjoy your movie.

In spite of great variety of effects and transitions in Movavi Video Editor, you still can’t find the one you need? Or maybe you want to try something new? To give you even more opportunities to realize your creative ideas, we offer you special expansion packs with extra effects and transitions. Try them right now!

See what else you can do with Movavi Video Editor:

Movavi Video Editor

  • Edit video on the timeline
  • Apply effects, use filters
  • Add titles, music, logo
  • Capture TV, webcam, VHS
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Movavi Video Suite

  • Edit 2D & 3D video, apply effects
  • Convert video, audio, and DVD
  • Encode for mobile devices
  • Capture screencasts or web
  • Play 2D video in 3D
  • Burn discs, make slideshows
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